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Imari K. Paris Jeffries

Parenting Journey announced Imari K. Paris Jeffries has been named executive director of the organization. In this role, Paris Jeffries will lead Parenting Journey as the nonprofit continues to pursue and amplify its pro-family agenda.

The Poor People’s Campaign and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: A national call for a moral revival

The moral revival signaled the kickoff of a modern civil rights movement and launch of a new Poor People’s Campaign. We were revitalizing what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had started before his assassination.

Alive and Kiersey!

One of the most respected young entertainers around, actress/musician Kiersey Clemons has quickly become known for her versatility as well as her captivating screen presence. The in-demand actress has five films releasing over 2017 and 2018, and recently made headlines ...

An archive of their own

“WOLE SOYINKA: Antiquities Across Times and Place,” on view at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art in Harvard Square, features nearly three dozen objects from the famous African playwright’s personal collection. Contemporary works by Nigerian artists ...

‘We Were Eight Years in Power’ puts results and effects of 2016 election into perspective

In 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me" earned the #1 spot on my annual Top Ten Black Books list. And, after reading the equally-remarkable "We Were Eight Years in Power," there's a good chance he's about to repeat ...

A losing strategy

America has waged a war on drugs since 1970 that has cost almost $1 trillion. The cost for law enforcement in 2015 was $36 billion. Another estimated $40 billion is spent each year for incarcerating persons convicted of drug related ...

Time to occupy

Muriel Walker lived for 100 years when times in America were tough. Yet she maintained her rugged independence. Rev. Cook reminds us that it is time to occupy, another expression for “get busy,” and increase our assets.

Militarizing police under a cloak of secrecy

In a move that will further militarize police departments across the country while decreasing accountability, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that strips away limits on weapons of war that the Defense Department can hand over to state and ...

Edwards campaign takes aim at rival’s electoral base

In the Sept. 26 preliminary election, Lydia Edwards finished just a percentage point behind North End resident Stephen Passacantilli. Last week she took the fight to the heart of his electoral base, holding a reception at a North End restaurant ...

Neonatal abstinence syndrome

When you hear the words “substance use disorder,” (SUD) the image of a male immediately comes to mind for most people. That’s understandable. In this country the SUD rate for males ages 12 and older is 10 percent versus 5.7 ...

District 7 candidates debate at Islamic Society Ctr.

In a debate last week, both candidates in the race for the District 7 City Council seat agreed to push the city to require deeper affordability on new housing developments, to update the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan and make the ...

Filling the gaps for formerly incarcerated Bostonians

Kevin Sibley is director of the city of Boston’s Office of Returning Citizens, a newly launched initiative within the Office of Public Safety to support individuals returning to Boston after release from state, federal and county correctional facilities, as well ...

School officials describe BuildBPS planning process

In 2015, Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled a 10-year $1 billion master plan for Boston Public Schools, BuildBPS, that his administration says will transform schools into more innovative, modern and exemplary learning models. Last weekend, BPS held a fall open house ...

BPS opens centers for Puerto Rican families

Boston Public Schools has opened pop-up centers to receive families from the Caribbean who have lost their homes to Hurricane Maria and Irma and help them transition into housing, public education, and a way of life in Boston.

How do you think the government should best respond to the opioid crisis?

Very seriously. They need to use both treatment and enforcement of drug laws.—Robert Santos, Unemployed, Roxbury